What also bothers me is that here in Canada we are made to spell using British vocabulary, but when it comes to writing essays and using punctuation, we are forced into the MLA style, which is thoroughly American. Argh the frustration!
Also, I have a job as an assistant at a reading and math learning center, and I mark the reading activities of children. When I gazed upon the work, what did I find?! AMERICAN SPELLING. IN CANADA. I was appalled. In fact, I'm thinking of writing a letter to the head office of Kumon (the learning center) with my complaint. It is ridiculous. Teach children the foundation of spelling American-style and then in school they wonder why they're always wrong! Horrible. Anyway, I must sleep. 'Tis late. Good night! =)